East Hollywood – An event space that has been constantly under construction near LA City College has finally opened its doors.
It only took six years.
the Hollywood of Vermont at Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is now welcoming customers and has events booked for the next two to three months, according to general manager Chris Diaz.
The space is over 13,000 square feet, with capacity for over 1,200 people, an outdoor patio, and a full kitchen.
But the technical aspects are one of the reasons it took so long to build, according to owner Jacques Massachi – with the live streaming capabilities, a soundproof production room and very advanced lighting, very advanced sound .
“For example, we have over 100 tons of HVAC and underground hydraulic lifts for loading,” Massachi said.
Plus, consider the amount of electricity needed to power it all – 1,600 amps, with 800 amps of dedicated stage power.
“We installed an electrical transformer on the ground with a huge electrical capacity,” Massachi said. “It took DWP four years to complete this work.”
But one of the biggest sources of delays came from the city’s building department, Massachi said.
“It took a long time to get the necessary building permits to operate a place with a high occupancy rate,” he said. And the building isn’t even finished yet. They are still awaiting permit approval for a marquee and tower.
In total, the eligibility process began in 2015 and lasted two years. Construction began in 2017, continued through the pandemic, and to some extent is still ongoing.
So far, events are mostly booked for weekends, Diaz said. “But we hope to be scheduled as much as possible in early 2022 when live events will hopefully come back strong.”
As for the lineup, they want it diverse, Diaz said.
“We will … work with all local, regional and national event promoters,” Diaz said, “to bring the best of the best in all genres of music, as well as comedy, movies, special events and everything. what you can imagine.”
This weekend, the Berlin-based electronic musician monolink, and the Colombian group cambia, Marito Rivera and La Sonora Dinamita. Future shows include Australian-American rock band, The dead daisies.